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Fred T. Foard Students Shine at DPI AI Summit

Newton, May 1, 2024– Catawba County Schools is proud to announce that two of our own, Alexis Stuebe and Emma Stillwell, students at Fred T. Foard High School, made significant contributions at the recent Department of Public Instruction (DPI) AI Summit. These students were chosen to represent the voice of their peers on the student panel alongside three students from Haywood Early College.

The panel discussion, which was facilitated by Amanda Bickerstaff, Founder of AI for Education, focused on the impactful integration of Artificial Intelligence in educational settings. This summit provided a unique platform for district technology leaders from the western regions of North Carolina to converge and share insights.

Under the guidance of their entrepreneurship teacher, Mr. Thomas Peeler, Alexis and Emma have been engaging with AI technologies throughout the semester. Their participation in this event highlights not only their understanding of AI applications but also their ability to articulate these concepts effectively.

Their presence at the summit was not just a representation of Fred T. Foard and Catawba County Schools but also a strong voice for students across the state. We are immensely proud of their achievements and the exemplary manner in which they represented our community.

For more information about this event or to learn more about our district’s AI educational initiatives, please contact Marty Sharpe, our Chief Technology Officer. 

Group of CCS Employees with two students standing in front of building at AI summit

L-R: Stacy Lovdahl, Marty Sharpe, Emma Stillwell, Alexis Stuebe, Thomas Peeler, Heather Fulbright.